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Conservative Oregon State Students Sue over Treatment of Newspaper

Claim university trying to keep them from distributing on campus

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The 9th Circuit on Tuesday revived claims an unwritten policy at Oregon State University severely limited distribution of a student-run conservative newspaper.

OSU Students Alliance had published and widely distributed the Liberty, an independent student newspaper with a right-wing bent, across the university's Corvallis campus since 2002. Though eligible for some university funding, the Liberty remained independent with private donations and advertising revenue. During the 2008-09 winter term, however, the university's facilities department removed all of the alliance's distribution bins from campus and stacked them near a dumpster in a storage yard.

School officials told Liberty's executive editor William Rogers that the bins had been removed under an unwritten policy prohibiting newsbins for "off-campus" publications in all but two designated locations on campus. The department did not, however, remove bins containing the local Corvallis daily, USA Today and OSU's student-run daily.

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